EMILY’s List

“Missy Cotter Smasal is a Navy veteran, entrepreneur, and fierce advocate for making Virginia Beach’s schools safer. She has served her country and is ready to continue serving her community in the state Senate. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her campaign. “

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

“We are proud to stand with Missy Cotter Smasal and include her in our growing list of amazing candidates stepping up to run and make a difference in their communities. Last year, the DLCC and state Democrats flipped more than 400 state legislative seats from red to blue, elected strong candidates from all across the country, and put eight more legislative chambers under Democratic leadership. The DLCC is fired up and ready to win more seats like Virginia’s 8th Senate seat throughout the year and in November.”

Vote Mama

“We are thrilled to endorse 19 mamas running for office in 2019! Missy is a Navy veteran, small business owner, and mama of two running for Virginia State Senate 8th District. Missy is running to protect the environment, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and make Virginia’s schools safer.”

LEAP Forward

“I am proud to include Missy Cotter Smasal among LEAP Forward’s endorsed candidates and am excited for her to take her advocacy on behalf of Virginia’s children to the General Assembly. Virginia is on the verge of electing a state Senate that will finally address gun violence in a meaningful way, and Missy’s voice will be an indispensable one.”


“EveryDistrict is proud to support Missy Cotter Smasal’s campaign for Virginia State Senate District 8. Missy is a veteran, a small business owner, and an active member of the Virginia Beach community. She’s already demonstrated her commitment to public service, and we’re excited to support her as she takes the next step to serve her community in Richmond.”


“[VoteVets.org] is honored to support you in your campaign to serve your fellow citizens of the 8th District in the Virginia State Senate. We at VoteVets are always so proud to see veterans like you committed to continuing their service after the uniform. In these turbulent political times, our veterans, communities and country need leaders like you who will continue to serve the nation and put the country first.”

susan loesberg

Co-founder, Together We Will – Hampton Roads

Susan Loesberg

“I am excited to support Missy Cotter Smasal for state Senate in my district. Missy has helped locally to get Democrats elected and has been an advocate for local issues such as school safety leading the campaign, and succeeding, to get locks on Virginia Beach schools. She also introduced the resolution to VB City Council to support the ERA Amendment which was unanimously approved. Missy is also an ardent supporter of gun safety and keeping our environment safe. I have no doubt she will stand up for us in Richmond!”

dave belote

Former Candidate in Virginia 8th Senate District

Dave Belote

“I’m honored and excited to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal for Virginia State Senate District 8 — there’s no one in Virginia Beach I’d rather have representing me and my family in Richmond.  As then-chair of the VB Dems, I started recruiting her to run for office years ago, because she’s exactly what the Beach needs– a warrior who served 4 years as a Surface Warfare Officer, a successful entrepreneur and small business owner who ran a local’s favorite ice cream shop and employed dozens of Beach teens and twenty-somethings for a decade, a volunteer who’s coached and mentored our kids, and a mother who pushed our school system to improve safety.  Let’s put her focus, energy, and dedication to service in the State Senate!”

Campaign Ambassadors

Thank you to our Campaign Ambassadors! This team has committed to helping the Missy for Senate campaign in many ways, making them some of our most important supporters. They have dedicated time and resources to get their friends and neighbors involved with the campaign. If you are interested in becoming a campaign ambassador yourself, please use this form to sign up now: Sign up to become a Campaign Ambassador